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Hendrix College
HENDRIX logo.png
Motto Unto the Whole Person
Established 1876
Type Private
Endowment $193 million
President Dr. James Timothy Cloyd
Faculty 94
Students 1,350
Location Conway, Arkansas, USA
Campus Suburban, 160 acres (0.65 km2)
(City of Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Religious Affiliation United Methodist Church
Sports Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Golf, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
Colors Orange and Black          
Mascot Warrior
Website www.hendrix.edu

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college located in Conway, Arkansas. The student body averages around 1,300 attendees and currently represents thirty-five states and ten foreign countries. In US News and World Report's America's Best Colleges Hendrix is ranked annually in the top tier of liberal arts colleges. In the 2008 edition Hendrix is ranked 71st in the nation. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, however, the curriculum is secular and the student body is composed of people from many different religious backgrounds. Hendrix is a member of the Associated Colleges of the South. Its current president is Dr. James Timothy Cloyd. Hendrix College is listed in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives.

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College history

Hendrix College was founded as a primary school called Central Institute in 1876 at Altus, Arkansas, by Rev. Isham L. Burrow. In 1881 it was renamed Central Collegiate Institute when secondary and collegiate departments were added. By 1886, three conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South purchased the school. This began the school's relationship with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and later The Methodist Church, and United Methodist Church. The Central Collegiate Institute was renamed Hendrix College in 1889 after Rev. Eugene Russell Hendrix, a presiding bishop over three Arkansas Methodist conferences. This same year, the primary school was discontinued. Afterwards, Hendrix College might have been the only male Methodist college in Arkansas. It was founded as a male only institution. Eventually, females were permitted to enroll, but separation of the sexes was tightly controlled. In 1890 after receiving bids from seven other Arkansas towns, Conway was chosen as the new location for the college by the Hendrix Board of Trustees. A publication by the U.S. Office of Education in 1900 stated that Hendrix College had the highest standards for admission and graduation of any Arkansas institution of higher learning, public or private. By 1925 the secondary department was discontinued. A bid was accepted in 1929 to merge the college with Henderson-Brown College, a private college in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The merger created Hendrix-Henderson College. The newly formed college was planning to move the school to Little Rock, Arkansas, but the city of Conway was able to raise $150,000 to keep the school located at Hendrix's campus. Two years later the name of the college was reverted back to Hendrix College after a short period of being named Trinity College, which met with strong opposition from many students and alumni. The college then merged again with Galloway Women’s College in Searcy, Arkansas in 1933. Hendrix College retained its location and facilities during this merger as well.[1]

Student life

The main entrance of Hendrix College
  • There are no fraternities or sororities, creating a more inclusive social scene than can be found at many other colleges.
  • 65 student organizations offer a wide range of student activities, funded by a student activity fee allocated by the Hendrix Student Senate. Social Committee, or SoCo, is the largest student organization with a budget of $100,000 brings entertainers and events to campus. SoCo members are peer-elected each year and represent each hall and class.
  • The Office of Student Activities plans weekend and Wednesday evening events. Major social events are frequently held in "The Brick Pit" (formerly the "Brick Patio"), an outdoor area in the center of the campus (Most famous among them is "Shirttails," the freshman dance-off of Youtube fame). Additionally, the campus is located approximately 30 miles from Little Rock, which offers additional night life options. This is particularly important because Faulkner County is a dry county.
  • Hendrix is often considered to be progressive socially. Students of different backgrounds and lifestyles interact, attend the same social events, and stay in the same dormitories. Additionally, Hendrix has historically had a high level of student activism. Despite this progressive nature the overall percentage of minority students is relatively small, though there is a small but welcoming LGBT community.
  • The Student Senate is the governing body of the student association. Along with campus-wide elected officers, students elect representatives from each class and residence hall.

Campus buildings

Since the mid-1990s, the college has been pursuing a master plan for campus construction, developed in consultation with architectural design firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. Currently, there are 36 buildings on campus, three of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRoHP).

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Academic and administrative buildings

  • Admin Houses: Health services, counseling services, communications & marketing, general counsel.
  • Art Complex: Art department.
  • Charles D. Morgan Center for Physical Sciences/Acxiom Hall: Chemistry department, Physics department.
  • Olin C. Bailey Library
  • Buhler Hall: Office of Student Affairs, Social Committee, and Master Calendar
  • Donald W. Reynolds Center for Life Sciences: Biology department, Psychology department.
  • Ellis Hall: Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, (NRoHP).
  • Fausett Hall: Office of Administration, English department, Foreign Language departments.
  • Greene Chapel: School's official chapel, venue for annual Candlelight Carol service.
  • I.T.: Information technology offices.
  • Morgan Center/John Hugh Reynolds: Mathematics and Computer Science department.
  • Mills Center: Cabe Theater, Economics and Business department, Education department, History department, Politics and International Relations department, Sociology and Anthropology department.
  • Bertie Wilson Murphy Building: Hendrix-Murphy Foundation.
  • Physical Plant: (Originally built as short-term housing and called “East Hall”)
  • Public Safety: Mainly deals with security and parking issues.
  • Raney Building: Religion and Philosophy department.
  • Staples Auditorium: Large auditorium, also houses Greene Chapel.
  • Trieschmann Building: Music department, Dance studio, Reves Recital Hall, and Trieschmann gallery.

Residence Halls

  • The Eco-House: Co-ed house with an emphasis on environmental sustainability.
  • Apartments on Clifton Street
  • Couch Hall: Co-ed residence hall.
  • The Hendrix Corner Apartments: New apartments for upperclassmen. Located at the intersection of Front Street and Mill Street. (aka Mill Street Apartments)
  • Front Street Apartments: Apartments at the intersection of Front Street and Spruce Street.
  • Galloway Hall: Female residence hall (NRoHP).
  • Hardin Hall: Male residence hall.
  • Huntington Apartments: Recently acquired by Hendrix and rented only to Hendrix students. Located on Clifton Street.
  • Martin Hall: Male residence hall (NRoHP).
  • The Quad: Four co-ed residence houses: Cook, Dickinson, McCreight, and Browne.
  • Brown House and Stella House: Two co-ed residential houses close to The Quad.
  • Language House: Single-language themed co-ed house. Rotates annually among French, German, and Spanish.
  • Raney Hall: Female residence hall.
  • Veasey Hall: Female residence hall.
  • The Village Apartments The newest state of the art apartment complex for upper classmen.
  • The White House and The Brick House Not owned by Hendrix, but rented almost exclusively to Hendrix students.

Recreational buildings

  • Hulen Hall: The Burrow, cafeteria, post office, bookstore, The Profile (student newspaper), KHDX radio station, Student Senate, and other offices.
  • Mabee Center: Basketball court, volleyball court, racquetball courts, indoor tennis courts, fitness room.
  • Wellness and Athletics Center: The WAC opened in Fall 2007. Now houses the Physical Education department, basketball courts, a swimming pool, a free weights room, lacrosse field, an indoor track, a soccer field, and a baseball field.
  • Student Life and Technology Center: Still under construction. It is expected to have another cafeteria and to be a new student center.

Notable alumni and faculty

External links

Coordinates: 35°05′59″N 92°26′30″W / 35.099808°N 92.441733°W / 35.099808; -92.441733

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